From Lion to Buckeye: CPA's Kane Patterson commits to OSU
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
It's nearly 400 miles from Nashville to Columbus, Ohio. CPA opponents might have felt like that's the distance Kane Patterson racked up on the ground last season. Patterson committed Monday to Ohio State where he says it's the head coach that convinced him to become a Buckeye.
"I had a great relationship with Coach Meyer. And we talked and texted all the time so I feel like that's what helped with Ohio State for me. It's just that I felt like he coached me even before I got there,” said Patterson.
Patterson will likely play defense in college. He's been outstanding there for CPA, with more than 30 total tackles for losses, seven sacks, and even a couple of interceptions from his linebacker position.
"That's drawn a lot of schools to him is the understanding that not only is this kid talented but he's the type of kid who's going to get a lot out of his abilities so he's developed into sort of the complete package," described 247 Sports’ Director of Scouting Barton Simmons.
Patterson's season was cut short last year by a torn ACL in his left knee, but he says his offseason rehab program is on target with Patterson ready to be a wrecking ball for the lions once again in 2018.
"It's great. I got cleared three weeks ago. Three and a half weeks ago so I feel better than ever and just can't wait for the season," explained Patterson.